The heroine who has faced much adversity finally gets her moment.
The ball is about to begin, everyone is there minding there own business, when suddenly their attention is drawn to the wide staircase.
There she stands.
A single beam of light above all the rest.
She stands tall in a beautiful gown, her hair is perfect... All eyes in the room turn to her.
She takes a deep breath then slowly walks down the stairs.
Everyone stares in silence because she is simply breath taking.
It's a simply magical moment.
Every princess movie has it.
...and i love it every time...
I've always dreamed of having a moment like that. Recently though, I've felt most of the opposite feelings that come with this moment. At camp they have a formal gathering called the "Princess Party" it's an event where a play is performed in honor the Camp Princess. It's a huge event. All the girls dress in beautiful dresses and do their hair and it's all really wonderful. Last week though, on the day of this Princess party I didn't have time to change (or shower, which is very important when you've been sweating in the hot sun with horses all day) right when classes ended for the day. Teaching classes all afternoon I had run out of time to change before dinner. My plan was to eat quickly then head up to my cabin, then shower and change before the party. It seemed like a smart plan and I didn't think much of it.
That is until I arrived at dinner. All the other counselors and campers decked out in fancy clothes with their hair perfectly styled. Then there was me, covered in dust, horse spit, sweat, and who knows what else. Wearing baggy athletic shorts, a dirty t-shirt, dusty sneakers, with my hair all over the place. Truth be told, I couldn't have felt much uglier in that moment. Compared to all these other girls I felt so out of place and alone. It didn't help that I felt as though everyone in the room was looking down me and my appearance. I wanted to run from the room, but I knew I couldn't. So, I tried to ignore the other counselors whispering behind me, gossiping about why I wasn't dressed up for the Princess Party. I was pushing their loud whispers to the back of my mind, fighting back the tears of embarrassment, hoping to eat fast and flee to my cabin.... when one of my campers came up to me.
Sang-Mi stood next to me for a moment before saying, "I like your outfit, Sarai." Ouch. My heart dropped. I looked at the floor for a moment before replying defensively.
"I know, I'm a mess," I explained, "but I haven't had time to change yet...", but before I could continue Sang-Mi interrupted.
"No, that doesn't matter Sarai. I mean it. You look beautiful no matter what you wear."
I looked at Sang-Mi for a moment as if trying to read her then I realized this little 10-year-old girl was being completely serious, genuine, and loving. In that moment, I ,knew God was reminding me of His love for me. God created me, and God doesn't make mistakes. I recognized God's lesson to me was the fact that pretty dresses, perfect hair, and make-up don't make you beautiful. God's love makes me beautiful. And He revealed it to me through this precious camper.
For a moment, standing in the dinner line with Sang-Mi I had a glimpse of my "Princess moment". Those simple words of kindness meant so much more to me then Sang-Mi probably will ever realize. What those other counselors tried to take away from me... in a few simple words from a child were restored in me tenfold. So the lesson is this: First, words are so powerful... Use them wisely my friends.
And secondly, always remember, God KNOWS you are the most beautiful thing He has ever created. His love for you is greater then you could ever even imagine.
"Everything about you is beautiful, my love;
you are without a flaw." Song of Solomon 4:7